Sunday, July 1, 2012

Counting All Loss Compared to Knowing Christ - Philippians 3:7-9

We are in Philippians 3 in the bible study I attend. I listened to a John Piper sermon from his website Desiring God and in this sermon Piper gave 4 ways to live out the verses:

But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.   Philippians 3:7-9

Practical ways to Apply:
a) Whenever I am called upon to choose between anything and Christ-I choose Christ.
b) I will deal with the things of the world, money, home, clothes, car, tv, in such a way that I am drawn closer to Christ and not away from Him.
c) I will deal with the world as if it is not my idol. The world is under Christ, anything that magnifies itself above Christ will be taken out of my life. It will be known by all that it is not my god- food, recreation, money, exercise.
d) If I lose all things or anything I lose... I STILL DO NOT LOSE MY JOY BECAUSE I HAVE NOT LOST CHRIST! BC CHRIST IS MY ALL!!!!!

I just couldn't help but think of how freeing a life like this really would be because the object in which one would place their complete reliance upon would be absolutely reliable not like anything in the world.

In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]. Galations 5:1

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